O.W.C.C. Cricket 2002


Newsletter of the Old Wimbledonians Cricket Club

Issue No.22 -  September 14/15th 2002

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Welcome to this weeks circular. It is again coming out in 2 versions. Some of the less technologically minded and venerable members of the OWCC have been having trouble with the attachments. Now you have a choice. The version you are looking at now is in HTML. You can print it by going to the file menu on your browser bar and choose "Print" or press "Ctrl P". If you have difficulty reading this version you can download the attachment which is in "Word" format.

Your comments are always welcome - email to: admin@owa.org.uk. Have a good week! For the few of you who have still not paid their subscriptions please read the note below.



The Legendary OWCC end of season awards night will be on Friday October 4th at the club.

Nick Fox has taken overall charge of the organisation of the event so get in touch with Nick (07970 146290) or your captain to book your tickets.

This Year, it’s Rock Night. 

Rock Star Dress a requirement !

Put the date in your diaries now.

It will be an extravaganza not to be missed !

Availability – Please Call On !

We still have fixtures until the end of September. They are good games, well worth playing in and make a nice season closer after the League stuff. Please let us know your availability.

Call Richard Imber on: 07930 302595


This weekend's teams: Click on an opposing away team to get a map of the ground location.

Saturday 14th September Sunday 15th September   A MESSAGE TO THE SUNDAY FIRST TEAM SKIPPER
Third XI First XI Second XI You're just too good to be true. Can't take my eyes off you. You'd be like Heaven to touch. I wanna hold you so much. At long last love has arrived And I thank God I'm alive. You're just too good to be true. Can't take my eyes off you. Pardon the way that I stare. There's nothing else to compare. The sight of you leaves me weak. There are no words left to speak, But if you feel like I feel, Please let me know that it's real. You're just too good to be true. Can't take my eyes off you. I love you, baby, And if it's quite alright, I need you, baby, To warm a lonely night. I love you, baby. Trust in me when I say: Oh, pretty baby, Don't bring me down, I pray. Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay And let me love you, baby. Let me love you. You're just too good to be true. Can't take my eyes off you. You'd be like Heaven to touch. I wanna hold you so much. At long last love has arrived And I thank God I'm alive. You're just too good to be true. Can't take my eyes off you. I love you, baby, And if it's quite alright, I need you, baby, To warm a lonely night. I love you, baby. Trust in me when I say: Oh, pretty baby, Don't bring me down, I pray. Oh, pretty baby, now that I found you, stay!

An admirer

Stockwell Athletic


Chudley Ales
Home Away Home Home 2
1.00 Start 1.00 Start 1.00 Start 1.00pm
Meet 12.00 Meet 12.30 Meet 12.30  
R Imber T Richards * B Vivian

Mark Vandoros's Zimbabwian mates will be playing on the pitch closest to the clubhouse.

G Fontaine C Nicholson M Bell
G Rock D Kawan A DeSilva
E Ali D Seneviratne S Baugh
A Ali T Evans + E Davies
L Williams S Phillips S Bell
M Irvine G Fontaine A Calvert
M McManus L Wilkins M Calvert
W Tolmie M Gillogly S Grogan
? P Kearney P Thatcher
? ? ?



"A Big Thank You from the Travers Family"

"The Sinnott Years" - Advance Notice

Do not forget the 


 on Thursday 31st October!

In many ways this is the most important night of the year. Put the date in your diaries now and make sure you are there. This is where you get to have your say in how the club is run. Come down and make a contribution.

Note From The Chairman:

If you don’t come to the A.G.M., don’t dare complain to me about ANYTHING to do with the running of the club next season !



"On behalf of Sean, Clare and Sarah and also Marie and Mike and Monica’s grandchildren, James, Matthew and Amy, I would like to thank everyone involved with the Old Wimbledonians, Wimbledon College , Ursuline and Sacred Heart parish for all their sympathies and best wishes over the past three weeks.  My mother could not have asked for a better send off.  The sun was shining, the skies were blue and the church was packed with family and friends. Fr. Holman gave a wonderful service and the readers and, particularly, Sean with his eulogy, spoke beautifully.

On a personal note, I would just like to congratulate Sean for all his hard work and good play in leading the Old Boys to promotion for the second year running.  He has done a great job bringing quality players and a great bunch of lads into the club.  No doubt everyone would join me in wishing the cricket club every success in consolidating its position in Surrey Championship Two next year.  Judging also by the success off the field with last Saturday’s party bash, the club should now be able to cement its position in the higher levels of Surrey cricket for years to come.


Finally, as a memorial to my parents and also Uncle Frank for all their service to the Old Boys over the years, I would very much like to offer to bring a Travers Invitation XI to play an all-day Sunday match against the Club starting next season, if the fixture list will allow this. Best wishes." Tim Travers

Bernard Quinlan has just published his extensive compilation of memories of the years (1937-1950) when Fr. John Sinnott, S.J., was the Prefect of Studies at Wimbledon College.  The book is now available, although a formal launch will not take place until early autumn. With contributions from some 80 OWs of that historic vintage and with more than 40 photographs, both formal and informal, "The Sinnott Years" brings back in colourful detail their perceptions of school life in the eventful days before, during and after the Second World War.  The book contains graphic stories of the adventures, exploits and privations of prewar, wartime and postwar school days, as seen through young eyes; it gives, too, the boys' first-hand experiences and understanding of education at the hands (sometime literally) of a largely Jesuit teaching staff, with vivid memories of the discipline of the ferula and the idiosyncrasies of individual masters and pupils.
Fr. Sinnott himself features prominently in these accounts, as an inspirational headmaster and architect of the school's development in those crucial years, and there are many appreciations of, and tributes to, his outstanding qualities and achievements.  Many other masters and boys are remembered too, in a great kaleidoscope of stories from all sorts of perspectives - many thoughtful, many humorous, many moving and some painful, even tragic.
Setting all these memories in the context of the - rather irregular - issues of the College Magazine, and with brief notes on happenings in the wider world, "The Sinnott Years" will hopefully serve as an entertaining and evocative companion to Tony Poole's excellent official history of Wimbledon College. 
To find out more, and to purchase copies of the book, just e-mail its compiler/editor - his address is bernard@chelsworth67.fsnet.co.uk.


Mr Jonathan Wilkins and Sarah Organ are delighted to announce the birth of Nathan Wilkins (6lbs 10 oz) on Wednesday 4th September. Both the mother and baby are well!
Subscriptions Diary Dates The  Archives

Peter is about to get heavy! 

If you haven't paid see the notice at the foot of this circular.


Make a note, now. These events are all important.

Castle Lager Surrey Championship Dinner – Friday 11th October 

Old Wimbledonians Association Dinner – Friday 18th October 

OWCC Annual General Meeting – Thursday 31st October

The Cricket Club Archivesare now online. Click here to visit them and all that's new on the OW's site. 

Match Reports for games played Saturday/Sunday September 7th and 8th
Saturday 1st XI - Captain: Sean Travers 020 8942 4175 (h) 07762 703220 (m) Vice: Jim Connolly 020 8947 1884 (h) 020 7621 9990 (m)

Out of sorts Ones suffer promotion hangover ! : OWCC 181-8(ish) dec. Ripley 182-2

The Ones, by their own admission, off colour following the euphoria of clinching promotion succumbed to a last day defeat at H.Q. The Championship would have been the icing on the cake to another wonderful season but it was not to be. In truth, we deserved to go up but not to win the league. The celebration party was brilliant though ! Here’s to next season boys.

Saturday 2nd XI - Captain: Richard Curtis 07968 433703 (m) 020 8870 7071 (m) Vice: Mark Sherlock 020 8544 9427 (h) 020 7734 2244 (o)

"I don’t know what happened to the twos – one of several gaps in my memory following the celebration party on Saturday - and nobody sent me a report to remind me either. Apparently, Mullins won the T.F.C."

Rich - They won!

Saturday 3rd XI Captain: Pete Tyson 01883 624947 (h) 07946 854368 (m) Vice: Volunteer Welcome !

‘Thirds’ succumb to superior numbers ! : OWCC 129-8 dec. Wimbledon Village 130-7

With virtually the entire Third XI squad resting on their laurels following the completion of the league season and many of the 4th XI seemingly at the Oval, a skeleton OW’s crew of just eight players took the field against a capable Village side. Batting first on an interesting wicket juiced up by overnight rain, Skipper Imber batted gamely for thirteen overs being peppered by balls flying off a length. The track did then calm down which enabled Steve Ingle to compile an excellent 62* ably supported by Matt Irvine (17) in a partnership that formed the backbone of what was, in the circumstances, a worthy total. With our numbers in the field boosted by ten year old Marcus, we got stuck into the Village batting and immediately started to work our way through their order. Wickets fell steadily and Essam Ali, Adel Ali, Matt Lowe, Matt Irvine and Garfield Fontaine all bowled well, backed up by determined fielding which included two catches and a stumping from The Skipper and, in the champagne moment of the day, a tidy running catch from our ten year old star fielder. In the end a brave and creditable performance against an extremely friendly and sporting opposition which made for a hugely enjoyable game. Eleven players would have been nice though. Come on people, it’s not over yet !


"It's the last official game of the season this Sunday at Headley. The usual rules apply and, as with tradition, I believe there should be a curry at the India Garden in Epsom after the game. I shall not be around so Tim shall be leading the way so please confirm/make yourself available to both Tim and myself either by email or phone (Tim's email - tnr@onestopsupplies.com). N.B. There will probably be one more game after this one (weather permitting) so I may still have an opportunity to play with you guys again this season. Failing that, thanks to many of you for turning out this season in what has been a slightly unfulfilling year plagued by injury, unavailability and, for a large part, poor opposition. If I don't see you before, I shall see you all at the Awards do on Friday October 4th. This is a must attend event and hopefully we should have a fair turnout at the club. Please let me know if you can't attend. A reason will have to be supplied." - Lester.

Sunday 1st XI Captain: Lester Fernando 020 8715 8986 (h) 07968 433678 (m) Vice: Tim Richards 020-8974-1455 (h) 020-7252-1633 (o)

Ramblers Rumbled as Lester goes loopy : OW’s 220-5 dec. Oundle Ramblers 155 all out

A new and much-welcomed fixture saw the Oundle Public School old boys journey to Coombe Lane. The opponents led by our very own Christo Daniels 'allowed' the OWs to bat first and Dinesh (37) and Trevor Evans (45) got the OWs off to a fine start. Mooro (56) kept the momentum and some noteworthy contributions from Ben Davies (19) and a quickfire 25* from Lester (including pasting Christo for 14 in 4 balls after he had volunteered to complete an injured bowler's over) paved the way for a reasonable declaration. Oundle responded positively but wickets fell steadily with a lively track taken advantage of. Garfield (2-39) and Matthew Nesbitt (1-31) opened and although expensive, managed to induce a few edges. Luke 'Wilkins after soiling the Fernando's new couch the night before, proceeded to bowl the basin he'd failed to use (0-29 off 3). Seb Phillips (0-22) got plenty of turn but Lester's leggies snared the bulk of the oppo. His 6-28 included the prized wicket of Bunny Daniels who was absolutely clueless. In the field, Garfy dropping a sitter trying to hug the ball on its descent only to be hit around the bicep caused everyone to wet themselves (proverbially rather than physically - Luke) and Seb's dancing underneath a skier before sending tremors with his tumble was also amusing. Oundle were skittled with 10 overs to spare. A spirited 4th wicket stand of 70 was not enough to save the day. Luke's torment was far from over, Garfield cornered him in the bar and after alerting all of SW20 to Luke's mishap (including the lovely Kimberley behind the bar), Luke departed with his tail between his damp legs. Taxi for Wilkins....


Sunday 2nd XI Captain: Ben Vivian 07940 306245 (m) Vice: Paul Nangle 020 8892 7217 (h)

Twos come second to Academy All Stars : Guildford Academy 232-6 dec. OW’s 85 all out

A weakened Sunday 2’s faced a daunting task against the cream of Surrey’s youth and with only 10 men. Having won the toss against Guildford’s skipper, who was a Dave Mullins clone (in appearance and in the way he spoke, but without the loud shirts) we put them into bat. Forty runs were soon posted on the board as the opening pair went straight into swashbuckling mode despite the best efforts of Anthony Calvert (1-49) and Paul Thatcher (1-38). Having got the two openers in quick succession the skipper, Paul Nangle tried new tactics by bringing himself in short for the new batsman who looked as if he’d been celebrating his GCSE results the week before. Unfortunately he hit 3 aggressive boundaries off his first 4 deliveries and Paul was soon hastily retreating. There was little respite in the next few overs as the oppo continued to play their shots with the ball always seeming to miss the fielders. Alex Birkby (2-44 off 10) had a productive spell and was regularly beating the bat to briefly reduce the scoring rate. At the other end though their No.4 bat was showing no signs of slowing down and went on the assault, eventually reaching his century with Essen Ali taking the brunt of the action. Essen stuck to his task though and bagged a couple of wickets thanks to two catches from Alex at square leg. The reply didn't get off to the best of starts with the first three batsmen going for 3 runs between them against some quality bowling. Paul Nangle (29) steadied things and saw off the openers with some big blows. He looked set for a long innings before a mix up left him run out for the second week on the trot. At 46 for 5 and twenty overs remaining things looked bleak but Gerry Jordan (12) and Emlyn Davies (15) put took the score to 84 as the oppo mixed up the bowling. When Gerry fell with 6 overs remaining a draw was still there to be salvaged but then their openers came back into the attack and cleaned up to get the result they deserved.

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